Brendan Rodgers has revealed that his players played a big role in reporting Leigh Griffiths’ issue.
The Celtic striker is taking time out of football to recover from mental health problems. It’s a serious issue that has to be resolved, as the Hoops forward tries to get his life back on track.
The club have taken a leading role in making sure their man gets the help he needs. Griffiths has been a huge player for Celtic over the last nearly six years, and has scored over 100 goals for the club.
And Rodgers revealed that his senior players rallied round to help their star-striker. Speaking in the Evening Times, the Celtic manager opened up on how he was alerted to Griffiths’ problems.
“A couple of the senior players rang me when I got to know about an incident that happened. I was then able to act from there.
“Yes, there was [an incident which brought things to a head], which points towards really needing help and support in order to make himself happy.
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“He wants the help. When you have these incidents – and it’s been ongoing over a considerable period of time – there comes a point when you recommend that this is what we do.”
Squad unity is vital for Griffiths
Having such good team-mates is one thing, but it’s clear Griffiths also has a strong group of friends in this Celtic squad. Their unity has managed to make sure that he receives the help he needs at a crucial period of his life.
Scottish football has rallied to back the Celtic forward over the last 24 hours or so. The key thing in this situation is that this isn’t a footballer who’s suffering from mental illness. This is a man, a father, and a son.
Griffiths has been in and out of the Celtic side this season. Many have been wondering why he’s been so off-form and struggling to challenge Odsonne Edouard. For supporters, everything has gotten a lot clearer over the last day.
At this stage, it’s vital that Griffiths has the support of those around him, both at work and in his personal life.
Thankfully, if this story is anything to go by, he’s certainly got the full support of the squad.